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  1. It would have been Iain's 70th today. I miss my dear old friend deeply.
    12 points
  2. It was a glass of Minervois Rosé actually. Note the emoticon, for Broadscot's birthday. Its hard to tell from photos but that does look like an AF hull and the windows are what you might see in a steel boat such as a Pedro. Again I am guessing but the superstructure appears to be in plywood which, hopefully is of marine grade. In which case I recommend a survey to make sure that the ply has not started to delaminate. It all looks a bit "new" to me, so hopefully no damage has been done but when plywood delaminates, you are too late. There does not appear to be a canopy for the
    4 points
  3. What I would say is that be very aware that this boat may well have a wooden superstructure, and if that's the case then you're looking at wooden boat levels of maintenance on the exterior. An all-fibreglass boat will cost you more, but will just need a good wash at the start of the season and ideally a polish and to then be kept clean and sensibly looked after. Any wooden boat really wants to be kept in a wet shed, and that will cost you more every year than just a regular mooring. You can of course put a cover on it, but then you've got to keep that maintained and keep taking the t
    4 points
  4. I say! Very nicely fitted out inside. That is definitely a one - off job. Looks more like a Cotswolds pub!
    4 points
  5. It will be interesting to see what happens in respect of mooring fees when WRC hire craft visiit other boat hire yards. Under the the arrangement at Ferry Marina, hire craft from other hire boat federation boatyards moored free of charge at Ferry Marina and boats from Ferry Marina moored free of charge in other hire boat federation boatyards. Under the new set up, as boats in the hireboat federation are currently charged to moor overnight at WRC, l assume it is possible that hire boats from WRC may be charged to moor overnight in hire boat federation boatyards.
    4 points
  6. Ok a quick update. Phils guys have sent me a video of the starboard side chine and chine boards which in the video can clearly be seen are the original ones, copper nails and all. Well needless to say the rotted nature of the now lightweight boards was amply demonstrated by the use of screwdriver and the shower of rotten wood shards hitting the floor. These boards planks or whatever you want to call them are now being replaced so our little maintenance break just became much more major. Phil is clearing out the old ( from 1952) boards and replacing them with 2019 boards. When these l
    4 points
  7. A bar!! I’ll need a bloody brewery installed [emoji23][emoji23][emoji23] Yes I’d like to keep doing the vlogs if the other members of the syndicate didn’t have an issue with me doing them on the boat. Not so much the fact I was doing the vlogs but maybe more they didn’t want attention drawn to the boat. It’s something I would find out and make clear everyone is ok with before joining one [emoji3] Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
    3 points
  8. There really is no 'true blood' argument to have. Aquafibre was Broom's sister company and they used to lay up all of the mouldings. There were a set available for anyone to buy, and once a Broom model had finished its production run (and in some cases during) those mouldings were also made available for any yard to buy as a set of mouldings - or indeed just a hull. If it wasn't fitted out by Broom, it's not a Broom. It's that simple.
    3 points
  9. All year round when we get the chance . I'm up at the boat every week as I work nearby two days a week so stay on the boat overnight. If time/weather allows I like to get out of the marina and on to the rivers but even if not, love just spending time on board.
    3 points
  10. Good morning everyone. I was looking at boats to hire for next year and I’ve realised that hiring three to four times a year is getting very expensive. As such I’m beginning to think that the best way to visit the Broads regularly is by joining a syndicate boat. However, I have very little knowledge about this process and would welcome any tips, help or advice on how I should go about it, questions I should be asking and more importantly boats available. After hiring Royal Oak last year I’m liking the look of Thunder that I’ve so far found but I’m sure there’s many others. At the moment I’m on
    2 points
  11. Yes they are, and this is the normal way of dressing them. The tradition comes from making planking repairs to a wooden boat. The boat may have been built with copper roves but repairs are usually done with brass screws. The boatbuilder leaves all the slots horizontal when he has planked up and before filling the holes with putty or with wooden dowels. That way, if the plank ever needs to be replaced again, you can clear away as much putty as possible and push your screwdriver in horizontal, to find the slot and remove the screw. This tradition is carried on in the fitting out of interior
    2 points
  12. I miss him. He was very supportive to me in my hour of need. I still read our many pm's when I'm looking for advice. We did have plans to meet up, unfortunately it never happened , then he was gone. Im quite proud that it was my suggestion to name this lounge after him and very thankful the mods agreed. A top lad so he was .
    2 points
  13. Hi Russell, whatever you choose make sure its got a bar fitted, that way your sure to have plenty of err crew to erm help.Hope your still going to do your vlogs Paul
    2 points
  14. 3.... Impossible to start Christmas before December 1st!
    2 points
  15. Two things about Iain that are impossible.... 1) impossible to replace 2) impossible to forget Jeff
    2 points
  16. Or may be an up to date joke book Regards Alan
    2 points
  17. All of the boats quoted by OG are on the BCBM website along with loads of other usefull information.There is also Lightningcruiser.com a self managed boat, they have a share for sale as does Ranworth breeze. Other syndicates are, Southern Crusader, Blue Mist and even Broad Ambition,though you will need to own a Teak forest to persuade griff to release a share lol. Good luck. paul
    2 points
  18. Thunder is a great boat, but not necessarily the easiest if you'll be single-handed - At 43 feet she can often seem to be just that bit too big to fit into the gaps people leave at popular mooring spots. Also, from the interior helm the visibility of the stern is best described as 'quite limited'. The size is also such that really you do want one person at the helm and then at least one person on deck (ideally at least two). If you're planning on boating more as a party of two or three then she's a different proposition, and doesn't feel cramped with a larger party aboard. With a group of
    2 points
  19. If it is a one off, you should be aware it will have a more limited appeal in the marketplace - it may also be a slightly unusual construction all of which will affect resale value. But whatever you do, do not think having a proper survey is a waste of money - its for your own peace of mind and quite literally your insurance. That upper steering has River Thames written all over it and you should remember that at that time there were a number of boatbuilders on the Thames who could have put it together.
    2 points
  20. Hull wraps are becoming pretty common, We did a few via a dedicated contractor in my last place. It's quite an investment though as it really only last 7 years (if the correct stuff is used), in terms of scratches though, it can be repaired and will look good from a distance.. I'd probably say it's quite tough stuff and will probably withstand gentle knocks etc.. It really is something for the pros though as it's a very skilled thing to do.
    2 points
  21. About 5 years ago friend fr ours had a Sealine that had picked up a few scuffs before he bought her and he had it vinyl wrapped in a metallic gold finish It looked immaculate and he was advised that if it got damaged in a "scuff" it could be simply remedied with a patch that would be invisible once applied He never had to put that to the test though but on the whole the appearance of the boat was greatly improved. Carole
    2 points
  22. My advice would echo Alan's, I would also add go for a boat with more berths than you think you might need. Think about all the issues you may face as you get older, less mobility etc. and also where you want to go. There are a few of us on here in the Thunder and Moonlight Shadow syndicates so any questions just ask away.
    2 points
  23. Hello Russell, As you be aware the forum has a wealth of forum members from most if not all of the boat syndicates on the Norfolk Broads. The syndicates are slightly different in the way they are managed, some are by owners committee's, others are managed by a Management Company. There are single week, 2 week allocations,or 4 week dependent on the type of syndicate. My advice would be check out all the styles of boats, look in detail at the contracts, your commitment with regards to the management fees, winter service fees or sinking fund(if applicable). If you want a
    2 points
  24. Perhaps "worried" is too strong a word for it. Till now there have been warnings, and counter arguments against those warnings. I have been reasonably happy that good, well read people on both sides have balanced the debate. Now, someone with legal credentials has put far more weight on the "warnings" side, so I am more concerned than I had been. Nothing has changed YET, but that doesn't mean that it cannot, and therefore might. What for example, can we do if the mighty Dr retires and someone even worst takes charge. Dr Packman will not be in his current position for ever and when he goe
    2 points
  25. Me too, the forum is just not the same without him.
    2 points
  26. Oh come off it Martin! That really is a very pessimistic statement. You would do far better to have a more positive outlook on life. With all the progress of modern science and the massive leaps forwards made by the scientists, that new planking might last till 2152.
    2 points
  27. I have just happened across the Authority's recruitment policy (Human Resources Policy No. 16 - Recruitment and Selection). This covers recruitment at every level. Paragraph 5 reads: 5. Selection and Appointment of the Chief Executive 5.1 The selection and appointment of the Chief Executive will be made by a panel of Members in consultation with Natural England. The panel has the opportunity to seek advice on the process from the HR Team, as they consider appropriate.
    2 points
  28. Hi David, it was`nt a critisism, i just thought people would like to know for future reference.
    1 point
  29. Hi Russell, To give you an idea the Ranworth Breeze management fee in January was £700 for a two weeks share, all in no sinking fund or charges for winter service , I believe Moonlight Shadow & Lightning is around £1450 to £1500 for a 4 weeks share. Regards Alan
    1 point
  30. Hi Pumpmedic Does it matter if its a Broom or not, has it been looked after and cherriest, it looks a nice boat But what is the air gap? is it broads compatible you haven't said where you will use it. If the topside is wood beware, If you like it check the bilges,behind cupboards, by all means get a survey but you will still find issues with any second hand/preowned boat.John
    1 point
  31. Indeed hull wraps.. I think the adhesive can break down and it can start to peel. It may last longer although I suspect the warranty you will get will state this.
    1 point
  32. do you get a blue peter badge for using so much sticky back plastic?
    1 point
  33. Thanks JA, wasn`t going to pay anywhere near the asking price based on something else I know about the owner, that said I agree with you on the other points. Thanks for the heads up re Perkins.
    1 point
  34. I was looking at silver cloud but no shares available yet, I was thinking Thunder as future proofing myself in case I do end up bringing friends or family along but thank you for the information on Thunder. It’s given me more to think about and yet I have to admit I still like the look of it. It’s a cracking boat and got a soft spot of that type of design. Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
    1 point
  35. I'm not sure I agree.... but pomp and tradition of being with the brand, I suspect it will change though considering the sad end of production. Let me know, it's more of a social club/group though than a knowledge group, I suspect we have more knowledge on here but certainly worth a shot if needed.
    1 point
  36. As a single person cruiser, I find the biggest advantage of being in a syndicate is that your options to hire are not being choked off by the number of boatyards now not hiring to us. I think Silver Cloud is a similar boat to Royall Oak but don't know if they currently have shares available.
    1 point
  37. Sadly missed, Fondly remembered
    1 point
  38. Cannot see what she`s called or any reg number.If you know any of them, have a look at the website " the boat index" that may give some indication. paul
    1 point
  39. I think those of us who knew Iain miss him very keenly indeed and this forum is certainly a poorer place without him. His gentle wit was a joy Carole
    1 point
  40. I would always be worried about what lies under the vinyl.
    1 point
  41. Which is why I try to get hold of ‘old’ teak planks and store it for future needs Griff
    1 point
  42. Hi Kezolah and welcome to the forum. It has been said that if you have a slight mental issue there are two things you can do....1) buy a boat, and 2) join a very friendly forum. Congratulations on doing both. Jeff
    1 point
  43. We have a chugger! Wouldn't know where to start with a sailing boat!...
    1 point
  44. You took the words straight out of my mouth there Polly, which just goes to prove... I don't know what I'm talking about!
    1 point
  45. Happy New Year To All and some tips on cooking veg …
    1 point
  46. I'm told it's like a coach, but with fewer horses.
    1 point
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